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With NEM 3.0, the best time to install solar PV systems is NOW.

Let’s go straight to the point. The reason there is no better time to install solar PV systems in your facilities or your homes, is the introduction of the NEM 3.0 program.

The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry (KeTSA) is introducing the Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 program to provide an opportunity for more users to install the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on the roofs of their respective buildings for electricity bill reduction. The NEM 3.0 will be in effect from 2021 to 2023 and the total quota allocation is up to 500 MW.

The NEM 3.0 programme involves three initiatives

1. Program NEM Rakyat
Program NEM Rakyat will maintain the concept of “one-to-one” offset rate with a quota of 100 MW or until all quotas are exhausted and about 10,000 to 25,000 Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) domestic account holders or between 40,000 and 100,000 households in the peninsula will enjoy electricity bill reduction.

Quota offered:

Implementation period:
1st February 2021 – 31st December 2023

2. Program NEM GoMEn (Government Ministries and Entities)
Program NEM GoMEn aims to reduce electricity bills in government buildings with a quota of 100 MW and about 100 government agencies in the peninsula will enjoy a reduction amounting to RM6 million per month.

Quota offered:

Implementation period:
1st February 2021 – 31st December 2023

3. Program NOVA (Net Offset Virtual Aggregation)
Program NOVA would help entrepreneurs, local companies and houses of worship to reduce electricity bills and the cost of doing business.

Quota offered:

Implementation period:
1st April 2021 – 31st December 2023

To learn on how you can take part in this NEM scheme, here are the options of solar PV purchasing modes that you can choose from:

We will be sharing more information on each program under NEM 3.0 so that you can take advantage of it’s benefits. Stay tuned!

4 tips on choosing the right smoke detection and water leak detection systems

Critical infrastructure and equipment typically requires both 24/7 availability and absolutely no damage. Two very important systems which are often overlooked are smoke detection and water leak detection systems. Here, we share some general tips on how to choose the most suitable systems for your infrastructure.

1. The systems provide the earliest possible warning of potential threats.

The best smoke detection and water leak detection systems consist of sensors, probes and monitoring systems, to detect and provide alerts of a potential danger.

2. The systems help you gain better control over potential risks.

By leveraging on these alerts, these systems should be able to pinpoint the leaks, give you enough time to investigate and identify the risks, thereby allowing you to to take swift action.

3. The systems have been proven to be durable and long-lasting.

As a service and solutions provider, we at GreenBay, would recommend systems from reputable brands which have provided reliable and dependable protection for many businesses for many years. As a constant partner to our clients, we are better able to serve and guide them through the process and the maintenance that comes after that.

4. The systems are scalable and allow for future expansion.

The systems can be configured to suit simple or complex applications and allow for future expansion. They should ideally be easy to integrate into building information management systems so that there is central visibility.

Fires and water leaks pose real threats to mission critical facilities where downtime can be a catastrophe.

Therefore, it is imperative that the right systems and service providers are chosen so that you can make better-informed actions to safeguard valuable assets and protect business continuity.

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When is it time to upgrade your UPS

The demand for reliable, efficient power protection is greater than ever. Power outages continue to be one of the biggest challenges for many facility managers. According to a recent Uptime Institute survey, power failures account for 36% of the biggest global public service outages. More importantly, 80% of the survey respondents say their service outage was preventable.

Not surprisingly, an essential component of any data center is their Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). A data center UPS is a long-term investment and transitioning to a new UPS system could mean potential downtime and operational overheads. However, as operational needs for power load increases, upgrading a UPS system is an eventuality. The question now is how do you know when it is time to upgrade.

Technology which is outdated.
Just like any technology that has been around for long, the technology for data center UPS systems have been continuously evolving and enhanced over time. With each cycle of advancement, UPS systems are improved in almost all aspects which unfortunately brings current assets closer to obsolete technology.

The reality is that all electro-mechanical systems have parts that wear and eventually wear down. A new UPS system lessens maintenance costs with its new warranty and a renewed life cycle. When weighing against the costs of such wear and tear, owners of older UPS systems are realizing the benefits of evaluating and upgrading to keep their critical loads economically and reliably protected.

UPS unable to handle power needs.
One of the main reasons that many data centers decide to upgrade their UPS system is that it will give them increased power capacity when they need it the most. Data centers are increasing their infrastructure and rack density to accommodate growing server demands and accommodate various other needs.

Therefore, the UPS system must be able to provide sufficient power when it kicks in during a power interruption. In choosing to upgrade your UPS, besides having a perfect understanding of your current power needs, you need to also predict your future needs and provide for scalability and expansion.

Inefficient and power-consuming.
Another reason many data centers opt to upgrade their UPS system is to improve energy efficiency. Today’s UPS systems are far more intelligent and have more sophisticated monitoring capabilities that can be better integrated with your data center infrastructure management.

With better monitoring, data center managers can make more accurate and timely decisions about power in their data center, dramatically improving energy efficiency which in turn, leads to significant savings over time.

Making the transition to a new UPS can maximize performance and dramatically improve efficiency, not to mention decrease the risk of downtime and operational costs. The investment will more than pay for itself over time.

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so that we can assist you in gauging your current power needs and anticipating your future needs.

4 steps in implementing cost-effective green data centers

Driven by the trend towards reducing carbon footprint and managing ever-rising energy costs, green data centers are now much cheaper to construct and implement.

Here’s how we help our clients build a new generation of green data centers which can boost their operating revenues and benefit the planet.

Step 1. Effective construction goals
Together with our client, we determine the construction scale, standards, site selection and phased planning. Important indicators such as usability, power density, and power usage effectiveness (PUE) need to be specified too. Guidelines from Green Building Index (GBI) Malaysia are incorporated.

Step 2. Suitable cooling schemes
Our aim is to bring the heat exchange media as close as possible to the IT equipment, thus improving heat transfer efficiency. We use cooling systems which fully utilize air, surface water, groundwater and other free sources of cooling. In areas with good air quality and humidity, cool air itself can be used directly as a free cooling source.

Step 3. Improve electrical efficiency via clean energy
We minimize the use of power consumption with suitable and reliable products and system architectures. Where possible, we would implement the use of clean and renewable energy such as solar, wind or hydroelectric.

Step 4: Optimize operations and management
We implement an effective routine maintenance help ensure that equipment continues to operate at its best. Data centers must constantly monitor and adjust their policies and parameters based on actual operations. Therefore once a data center is built, our specialists are sent to study, record and adjust operational data to achieve optimal energy consumption within 2 to 3 years.

The growth of cloud computing has set off a new wave of data center construction across the globe, which has resulted in an increase in electricity consumption and carbon emissions. As such, the construction of green energy-efficient data centers is not just a choice that enterprises themselves must make. It is a major social responsibility that enterprises and the industry as a whole must assume. At GreenBay, we help to make the implementation smoother with reliable systems, products and service, while keeping costs down.

Critical Facility Operations vs Traditional Facility Management

Learn three major differences and find out what suits you best.

Think of traditional facility maintenance, such as for an office building, as your local doctor in a nearby clinic. Critical facility operations, on the other hand, is like a trauma surgeon in a hospital ER.

1. Critical facilities operations focuses more than just the basics.
Traditional facilities management focuses on the basics – making sure the lights, heating and cooling are working. Critical facilities operations rigorously adheres to industry best practices. In a critical facility, if various elements aren’t tuned precisely it could mean equipment failure and potential customer downtime, which is unacceptable.

2. Critical facilities operations document EVERYTHING.
For traditional facilities management, documentation and reporting likely comes down to a manual that may be years old, with a list of services performed in the past.In a data center, teams document every little tweak, including who made it and why. This means necessary changes can be done in real time and on the fly to prevent downtime. In addition, critical data center operations teams conduct emergency preparedness drills and have in place detailed emergency response plans to ensure all personnel are aware and competent.

3. When downtime is an inconvenience or a catastrophe.
In terms of financial risk, if the power goes out in an office building, it’s an inconvenience, but not the end of the world.But if power goes out in a data center, downtime can cost enormous sums of money – an average of USD8,850 per minute according to a Ponemon Institute study.

Be vigilant and choose wisely.

Critical facility operations such as those applied to data centers takes a completely different mindset and approach as compared to managing a traditional facility. Know what you need and what suits your organisation best.